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Mission # 183

MISSION SUMMARY

Mission Date 24 August 1944
Eighth Air Force Operations Operations description not yet available.
384th Bomb Group Mission
384th BG Mission Number 183, Eighth AF Force Mission Number 568
Oil Pressure
The 384th Bombardment Group (H) provided all three groups of the 41st C Combat Bombardment Wing on today's mission. The 8th AF continued to decimate the enemy's fuel supply by attacking this giant chemical complex. The C wing was to follow the A and B wings, but over the North Sea, they caught up and passed both, leading them from the enemy coast, for the rest of the mission. This was apparently due to the wings making different adjustments for cloud layers, and perhaps navigation errors. Although the 384th was prepared for a target obscured by clouds and smoke screen, there was sufficient visibility for visual bombing.
Primary Target Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Target Attacked (Mode) Primary (Visual)
Sortie/Aircraft Summary Completed Mission, not including spares - 35
Returned Early - 1
Flying Spare, Returned As Briefed - 3
Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused - 5
Mission Personnel Mission Personnel Roster or Mission Loading Lists
Mission Documents Combat Mission Records and Plans obtained from the National Archives
Other Mission Documents 1944-08-24, Wing Lead, G. Stallings, R. Keate

44 AIRCRAFT ASSIGNED TO THIS MISSION
Table is sorted by Pilot, and may be sorted by any column: click the column head.
Aircraft Pilot Results Mission/Sortie Information
42‑32106Brodie, James JosephCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑38014Peterson, John WrightCompleted MissionLow group deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑38208Hicks, Ralph BenjaminCompleted MissionHigh section deputy, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑39888[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused 
42‑97142Henderson, William VincentCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97150Bills, Edgar LCompleted MissionHigh section lead, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97204Brown, Bert OliverCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97251Tracy, Edward HanksCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97263Rowe, George BCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97282Lindberg, Gilbert RCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97309Robertson, Vernon MerrillFlying Spare, Returned As BriefedLead group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97320Groff, Richard HubertCompleted MissionHigh group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97510Causa, Raymond (NMI)Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑97592Laboda, Joseph StanleyCompleted MissionWing deputy. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97824Allred, Frank LavonCompleted MissionHigh group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑97960[N/A]Lead Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused 
42‑98000Buslee, John OliverCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102430[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft, Unused 
42‑102459Norton, Paul ECompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102500Hassing, Eugene TheronCompleted MissionGround Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑107058.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102501Majeske, Charles PaulCompleted MissionHigh section deputy, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102518Young, Daniel MonroeCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102601Mohler, John GrigsbyCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
42‑102661Durdin, Larkin ClaytonCompleted MissionHigh group deputy and hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑102933Malone, John JamesCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107057Cepits, Francis FrederickFlying Spare, Returned As BriefedLow group.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107058[N/A]Ground Spare Aircraft, UnusedOriginally assigned to Hassing in low group; replaced by Ground Spare Aircraft 42‑102500. Reason(s) for the change are unknown.
42‑107121Myrick, Kenneth DelayCompleted MissionLow group lead.
SORTIE REPORT
42‑107148Kinnaird, William RobertCompleted MissionLead group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37703Hepler, Wilbur DavidFlying Spare, Returned As BriefedHigh group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37713Brookshire, James DCompleted MissionLow group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37717Wood, Rodney JCompleted MissionLead group hot camera ship.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑37843Goodrick, Gene RobertCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37917Hulcher, Donald Lawrence Completed Mission SORTIE REPORT
43‑37990Lynch, Edward ThomasCompleted MissionHigh section lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38062Shwery, Arthur JohnCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy, high group.
SORTIE REPORT
43‑38213Carnes, Joe RossCompleted Mission SORTIE REPORT
44‑6080Sienkiewicz, Edward AlfredCompleted MissionHigh section deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6105Skehan, Joseph LynneCompleted MissionHigh section lead, low group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6109Farra, Robert LeslieCompleted MissionLow Squadron lead, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6135Chadwick, James WoodrowCompleted MissionLow Squadron deputy, lead group.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑6141Murchan, Lawrence AloysiusReturned EarlyTurned back due to flak damage prior to primary and bombed unknown target of opportunity (TOO). Landed away at Rackheath, AAF Station 145, with two engines out.
SORTIE REPORT
44‑8007[N/A]Lead Ground Spare Aircraft, UnusedPFF ship.
44‑8008Keate, Richard CliffordCompleted MissionWing lead. PFF ship.
SORTIE REPORT